Teachers strive to score high with Arkansas A+ Scores

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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's back to school for thousands of kids come Monday. This new school year will bring new teaching methods for three Arkansas schools. The schools are piloting the A Plus program.

    An exciting new school year is about to start at Pike View Elementary.

    "I am interested in incorporating more music and more art into our school day," says Robin Arendt and Cassie Hillis, both second grade teachers.

    They are implementing the A Plus model, which includes the arts in all subjects, for the first time. Near the beginning of the school year, teachers test students on the best ways they learn. It's called the eight intelligences, which include learning styles such as art, music, or writing.

    "Interpersonal, which means you like to do things differently and learn it better on your own versus with a group of people," says Arendt and Hillis.

    They set up stations around the room reflecting these eight intelligences. Principal Melanie Landrum says the A Plus model will be a learning experience for students and teachers.

    "I think education has been stagnant in terms of doing the rope memorization," says Landrum. "I think it will bring teachers together to plan in ways they haven't before."

    The planning begins before the first day of school and throughout the year. The A Plus program will be piloted for three years. The other schools are Boone Park elementary school in North Little Rock and Rockefeller Elementary in Little Rock.

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